Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mike Buzak

2 NHL Games

January 14, 1999 New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators. 2-3 loss.
January 15, 1999 New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning. 3-1 win.

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   A Michigan State University alumni, Mike Buzak was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1993 and later signed by the team. April, 1996 Buzak was recalled by the St. Louis Blues. The Blues were having goaltending woes with both Grant Fuhr and Jon Casey suffering from injuries. Buzak practised with the Blues but was never given the chance to dress in an NHL game. "Mike Keenan would not dress me," said Buzak. Buzak also practised with the Blues during the team's 1996 playoff run. A run that just so happened to include the best player of all time, Wayne Gretzky. "In St. Louis I was on the taxi squad both years in the playoffs. Got to play with Gretzky and other old Oilers including Fuhr."

   March, 1998 Buzak was signed by the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent. He spent the rest of the year with LA's IHL team. His time with the Kings was short because that summer Buzak signed a multiple year contract with the New Jersey Devils.

   When New Jersey goaltender Chris Terreri came down with a case of the flu the team was in need of someone to serve as Martin Brodeur's backup. Mike Buzak answered the call and sat in as Terreri's replacement for two games.

   He retired from pro hockey in 2003 and currently lives in Saginaw, Michigan.

Career Stats from
Born  -- Edson, ALTA 
Height 6.03 -- Weight 210 -- Shoots L
Selected by St. Louis Blues round 7 #167 overall 1993 NHL Entry Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1990-91Fort Saskatchewan TradersAJHL35261883114223.6322918290.879
1991-92Michigan State UniversityCCHA0120000.00
1992-93Michigan State UniversityCCHA381620900002.93221020.896
1993-94Michigan State UniversityCCHA0340000.00
1994-95Michigan State UniversityCCHA313217970003.14171030.901
1995-96Worcester IceCatsAHL3014167285203.0591057370.897---
1996-97Worcester IceCatsAHL190897341112.539434580.918100
1996-97Baton Rouge KingfishECHL3001087103.87020500.877---
1997-98Tucson Gila MonstersWCHL2001066003.37020610.910---
1997-98Phoenix MustangsWCHL61035727204.533301540.851---
1997-98Long Beach Ice DogsIHL3100176358161.9718658270.934500
1998-99Albany River RatsAHL48022382102202.572213310910.915500
1999-00Milwaukee AdmiralsIHL80042624203.382501900.888---
1999-00Albany River RatsAHL140077641113.173923670.900---
1999-00Utah GrizzliesIHL4001687002.50011690.908---
1999-00Augusta LynxECHL30015011004.40200640.853---
2000-01Long Beach Ice DogsWCHL420112495117112.81231279960.895500
2001-02Long Beach Ice DogsWCHL4016235794422.39231519380.909500
2002-03Long Beach Ice DogsWCHL36101947107403.3081948610.889---

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